Professional associations

Professional associations can also have job boards for members only, therefore it is worth enquirying about reduced rates for students whilst keeping informed about trends and information in your industry.

Joining your relevant professional association provides you with:

* latest industry information
* labour market information
* industry and graduate jobs listings
* E-newsletters
* opportunity for a professional listing on their website
* career information
* on-line discussion forums
* events, workshop and professional development and training seminars
* use of their libraries and bookshops
* E-learning opportunities
* subscriptions to professional resources, journals and other publications
* current information on policy and other developments affecting your industry
* the opportunity to start developing a professional network

Most professional associations offer a range of services and information essential to your professional development. Joining as a student member will give you the edge once you start seeking graduate positions, and membership looks great on your resume. Student membership is often relatively inexpensive as professional associations recognise students are operating on limited budgets.

Some professional associations also offer student members opportunities for:
* mentoring
* vacation work programs
* study tips and assistance
* employer profiles
Log on to your relevant professional association website today and join up as a student member.

Propressional associations:
Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology
The Public Health Association of Australia
The Nutrition Society of Australia
The Dietitians Association of AustraliaNutrition Australia Australian and New Zealand Obesity Association
Australian Health Promotion Association

Professional associations worth investigating

Nutrition Society of Australia
Peak body for Australian nutrition-related sciences and industries whose focus is mutual scientific support of members and the science of nutrition. Members include qualified, practising scientists and educators from diverse disciplines who are brought together by a common interest in the research and application of nutrition.

Nutrition Australia
An independent, member organisation that aims to promote the health and well-being of all Australians. Members include the general public and some of Australia's most influential food and nutrition experts, together making Nutrition Australia a key nutrition voice in Australia today.

Deakin University Postgraduate Nutrition LinkedIn groupExtend your professional network and gain potential work opportunities by connecting with fellow Deakin University Postgraduate Nutrition students, graduates and staff on the 'social network' of choice for professionals.

Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology
The leading independent qualifying body for food professionals in Australia and the only professional body in Australia concerned with all aspects of food science and technology.

Australian Health Promotion Association
Australia's peak health promotion body, the Australian Health Promotion Association is the only professional association in Australia specifically for people interested or involved in the practice, research and study of health promotion.

Public Health Association of Australia
The principal non-government organisation for public health in Australia. Works to promote the health and well-being of all Australians seeking better population health outcomes based on prevention, the social determinants of health and equity principles.

World Public Health Nutrition Association
Worldwide professional association that brings together people with a common interest in promoting and improving public health nutrition by working to ensure that in all possible circumstances, adequate nourishing food is available to and affordable by all.

Australian and New Zealand Obesity AssociationA scientific organisation of medical practitioners, dietitians, scientists and other health care professionals interested obesity research, treatment or public health initiatives directed at the prevention of obesity.

Dietitians Association of Australia
The peak body of dietetic and nutrition professionals providing strategic leadership in food and nutrition and advancing the professional interests of its members.

Sports Dietitians of Australia
Peak body for Dietitians specialising in the field of sports nutrition.

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